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Amazon Plans a Greener Work Environment

The architectural drawings for tech-giant Amazon's new 1.8 million square foot campus in Seattle emphasize interior botanical gardens and exterior landscaped green spaces, which the designers and the company's management believe will increase employee productivity.

As the curtain rose May 21 on Amazon's plans for their new corporate home in Seattle, giant spherical domes filled with plant life were revealed.

The impressive-looking structure consisting of three conjoined bio domes is only part of the planned campus, which includes a skyscraping office building and plenty of good old-fashioned green space.

According to the designers, architecture firm NBBJ, the mission was to create an environment where "employees can work and socialize in a more natural, park-like setting."

"A plant-rich environment has many positive qualities that are not often found in a typical office setting," the firm's proposal states. "While the form of the building will be visually reminiscent of a greenhouse or conservatory, plant material will be selected for its ability to co-exist in a microclimate that also suits people."

The plans call for a variety of botanical zones, modeled on different global ecologies, flourishing in the eight to ten story domes.

Amazon's nature-centric building proposal continues the welcomed trend of major corporations' efforts to create more inviting workplaces and greener footprints.

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